Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Our most reliable meteor shower

Our most reliable meteor shower

If you miss the peak, the Perseids will still be around until about August 24, but with gradually diminished rates of meteors.

The much-anticipated meteor shower will, again, come to a climax Monday night, leading into the wee hours of Tuesday, August 13th.

"Let your eyes become adjusted to the dark (it takes about 30 minutes) - you'll see more meteors that way", they say.

In case you aren't already aware, Perseids are an annual meteor shower that are known for being lush and attractive.

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As a result, the number of visible meteors streaking above our heads is expected to drop. Moreover, Perseids are also known to produce fireballs, making them way brighter and visible than a regular meteor shower.

"Earth passes through part of this trail every year, creating the meteor shower as tiny pieces of comet debris collide with our atmosphere and burn up". During this peak time, you'll get to observe almost 60 to 80 perseids dashing across the night sky. On average, there will be 50 or more meteors shooting across the sky each hour.

This year, however, U.S. space agency NASA said between 15 and 20 meteors will be visible. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus. However, it'll be hard to observe the meteors because of the bright Waxing Gibbous Moon in the sky. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13.

The shower is best seen with a wide field of vision, so leave the telescope and binoculars behind! The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page will have a live camera feed from Alabama starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

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